Despite Sony scrapping their plans for the PlayStation 3 in Europe, British gamers will still be getting a newly launched console this Christmas, in the form of the Nintendo Wii which is set for release on December 8th.


The console will launch in America first on November 19th, followed by Japan on December 2nd and Australia on December 7th. European buyers will be able to pick the machine up for 249 Euros (179) and it will come complete with the Wii Remote, a Nunchuck controller, and the Wii Sports game.

Old classic games from previous Nintendo consoles will be downloadable to the Virtual Console which is built-in to the Wii, alongside a selection of "channels" which will give you access to news and weather, photo viewing and sharing, and an editor for playable caricatures.

Nintendo expect some 20 titles will be available during the "launch period", which has become the name which is generally given to mean the first few months, rather than on launch day, and titles will retail for between 34 and 39 - making them considerably cheaper than other "next generation" formats.

Amongst the titles expected during the launch period include Wii Play, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Need for Speed Carbon, Red Steel, and Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, with more details available on the official website.